Friday, 17 September 2021 08:31

Dorset’s only Free Seafood Festival is Catch of the Day

Dorset’s only Free Seafood Festival is Catch of the Day

Dorset’s only free seafood festival promises a magnificent haul of great fish and shellfish, fine local produce, glorious live music and to top it off a wonderful fireworks display on Saturday evening.

Poole Seafood Festival is a two-day celebration of the town’s maritime and fishing heritage, reconnecting the modern conurbation with its proud history on Poole Quay.

Top chefs will host cookery demonstrations on the Seafood Stage so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to sample some local delicacies, not to mention indulge the senses in the special Champagne and Oyster Bar.

“Poole has had a brilliant summer and we’ve welcomed thousands of people coming back here with open arms,” says festival director Ben Dyas. “What better way to mark the last of summer than with a celebration of everything that makes Poole great?”

And to be sure the party goes with a bang there’s a fireworks show on Saturday night alongside a performance by top tribute act UK Queen.

As well as locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish, Poole Seafood Festival also incorporates local cheeses, gins, beers and ciders with an on-site bar, not to mention the busy market stalls stocking everything from themed clothing to jewellery, art and accessories.

Aside from the seafood, there’s a mouth-watering array of street food traders serving burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, kebabs, ice creams and desserts.

And there’s a nautical theme to the weekend’s live music stage with brilliant sea shanties from the area’s top buoy bands, the Wareham Wreckers and Dorset Wrecks, who’ll be joined by the best of the area’s rich local music scene including Mother Ukers, Sixteen String Jack, Rat Race, Mischa & His Merry Men, Chris Payn, Jimmy Hillbillies, Carley Varley and Finnian McGurk.

“Poole is my home town so I know how important fishing and the sea is to its identity,” adds Ben. “And it’s great to see the town bussing again with a thriving marine leisure industry so we want Poole Seafood Festival to be a showcase for Poole at its very best – you can taste the sea in everything we do!”

The festival is free to attend, opening from 10am until 9pm on Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Poole Seafood Festival

Saturday 25, Sunday 26 September 2021

Poole Quay

Sat: 10am-9pm. Sun: 11am-6pm